IMS and Bernoulli Society create lecture in honour of Oded Schramm


  • Date: 09 October 2012

The Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the Bernoulli Society have partnered together to create a new lecture in probability and stochastic processes, named in honor of mathematician Oded Schramm. The lecture will be presented on an annual basis and will be featured at meetings (co)-sponsored by the IMS or the Bernoulli Society.

The first Schramm lecture will be delivered by Itai Bernjamini at the 36th Conference on Stochastic Processes and their Applications (July 29 – August 2, 2013, in Boulder, Colorado).

Oded Schramm (1961-2008) was a leading multi-award winning mathematician on probability and statistics who died at the tragically early age of 46 in a hiking accident in Washington State. According to the IMS, 'his work had a profound impact on probability --- he transformed our understanding of planar processes from statistical physics through his introduction of the Schramm-Loewner evolution (SLE), tying probability theory to complex analysis in a completely novel way. He also made fundamental contributions to circle packings, random spanning trees, percolation, noise sensitivity of Boolean functions, random permutations and metric geometry.'

Next year's Schramm lecturer has been announced as Terry Lyons, Wallis Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University which will be given at the 2014 IMS Annual Meeting, due to be held in Sydney, Australia, from July 7–11, 2014.
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